May 12, 2016 / by Will Cappiello
While Latham offers a warranty package on all liners, there are a myriad of ways to continue to care for your vinyl liner that could ultimately extend its life and retain the benefits included with a lined pool. If you are a brand new pool owner or just considering a vinyl liner pool then this is a must read!
So how long does a vinyl liner usually last?Typically, some last from 5 to 10 years and others that are in ideal settings and properly taken care of may just very well last over 15 years. Since you’ve made the investment, ensuring that you make the best of your investment will include properly caring for that vinyl liner. Here’s a list of best practices to make this happen.
Caring For Your Vinyl Swimming Pool Liner 1. Keep Your Chemicals Balanced and Use the Proper ChemicalsThe chemical test kit that came with your pool is a valuable ally. This is probably the single most important step in extending your liner’s life. Improper use of chemicals and chemical imbalance can zap the life out of your vinyl pool liner in a hurry.
2. Take Care of the Exposed Top Edge of the Vinyl LinerThe most vulnerable area of your liner is the top 6 to 8 inches above the water line. This area is regularly affected by such things as scale, body oils, lotions and airborne contaminants that will cause it to dry out. It’s a great idea to use an approved cleaner that you purchase from your local pool store to clean the exposed edge at least once or twice a month.
3. Use Common SenseThis may seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at the things we in the pool industry see that ruin vinyl liner swimming pools each and every day. Pool vacuum poles are not meant to be used as pole vaults, and vinyl liner swimming pools should never double as hockey rinks in the winter. Be smart about what you use both in your pool area and what goes directly into your pool for fun and games. Make sure that sharp objects, including pet claws, stay far away from your vinyl liner.
Written by Will Cappiello. Will Cappiello is the Product Director for Package Pools and Vinyl Liners at Latham. Although Will has worked in Construction and the Office Products industry, he can honestly say the Pool industry and the people in it are the best by far!